• by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Danny Duffy out, Jeremy Guthrie in rotation for Royals

    Struggling Royals right-hander Danny Duffy has been moved to the bullpen, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports. Duffy is winless in his last four starts, and he was tagged for four earned runs on six hits in just 2 1/3 innings in Cleveland on Wednesday. The Royals will move Jeremy Guthrie back into the rotation in Duffy's place, but McCullough notes that the latter will still compete for a spot on the postseason roster. Guthrie wasn't exactly tearing it up when he was moved to the bullpen, but he's been ineffective in relief as well. He owns a 5.55 ERA on the year. Guthrie will start Tuesday against Seattle.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Royals pitcher Danny Duffy fails to go three innings Wednesday

    Royals pitcher Danny Duffy (7-8) struggled on Wednesday, lasting just 2 1/3 innings while allowing four runs on six hits and two walks in a loss to the Indians. Over his last six starts, Duffy has either allowed four runs or two runs. That very much matches his mediocre season, as he maintains a 4.25 ERA and 1.43 WHIP in 24 starts this season. After allowing just 113 hits in 149 1/3 innings last season, Duffy has allowed 133 hits in just 128 1/3 innings this season. The strikeouts are down as well, so it's tough to determine what type of pitcher we'll see nest year. In any case, he'll take on the Mariners in his next start on Tuesday.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Royals SP Danny Duffy only OK against Orioles on Friday

    The Orioles scored 14 runs Friday night, but don't blame Royals starter Danny Duffy. They tallied a dozen after he departed. Duffy was in line for the win after allowing two runs on three hits in five innings with three walks and eight strikeouts. His problem was that he threw 101 pitches and left the job to a bullpen that performed horribly. The lone run-scoring hit against him was a Dariel Alvarez home run in the third inning. A failure to consistently go deep into games recently has limited Duffy to just one quality start over his last five outings.

  • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

    Royals SP Danny Duffy gets no help from offense in loss Saturday

    Royals left-hander Danny Duffy had an uneven start on Saturday against the White Sox. Duffy struck out seven over seven innings, but he also gave up four runs on seven hits in the 6-1 loss. Duffy (7-7, 4.17 ERA) kept the White Sox off the board over the first three innings. But he allowed a three-run home run to Alexei Ramirez in the fourth inning to break the game open. The other run Duffy allowed came on a solo shot by Geovanny Soto in the seventh inning. The Royals' offense was unable to do anything against White Sox starter Jose Quintana, leaving Duffy with his seventh loss of the season. Duffy is 2-1 with a 4.09 ERA over his last five outings.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Royals SP Danny Duffy goes only five in no-decision Sunday

    Tossing 99 pitches in a five-and-out is not often going to result in a victory. It didn't Sunday at Tampa Bay for Royals starter Danny Duffy. Duffy had to settle for a no-decision when he surrendered two runs on seven hits with two walks and six strikeouts. An RBI single by Joey Butler in the first and solo blast by Brandon Guyer in the third put both runs on the board. A high pitch count has prevented Duffy from racking up more than one quality start in his last five outings. His ERA rests at a respectable 4.11.

  • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

    Royals SP Danny Duffy keeps Orioles in check in victory Tuesday

    Royals pitcher Danny Duffy missed a quality start by one out on Tuesday, but he still picked up his seventh win of the season in the 3-2 victory over the Orioles. Duffy went 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on five hits. He walked two and struck out five, throwing 59 of his 91 pitches for strikes. Duffy (7-6, 4.13 ERA) allowed both of his runs to score in the fourth inning, thanks to a pair of RBI singles. The left-hander is now 3-1 with a 3.67 ERA over his last five outings.

  • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

    Royals SP Danny Duffy can't get by Red Sox offense on Thursday

    Royals left-hander Danny Duffy struggled in his start against the Red Sox on Thursday. Duffy allowed four runs on seven hits over five innings of a 4-1 loss. He walked two and struck out three, needing 98 pitches to get through the fifth. Duffy (6-6, 4.18 ERA) allowed an early first-inning run before struggling through a three-run third inning. He has now given up five runs in two of his last five starts.

  • by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

    Danny Duffy wins second straight for Royals

    Royals starter Danny Duffy earned a win over the Angels on Friday, moving to 6-5 on the year. Duffy moved to 2-0 in August and has allowed five runs in 16 1/3 innings this month, for a 2.76 ERA. Duffy allowed on run on five hits over six innings, the eighth time in the last nine starts he's lasted at least six. "I thought Duffy did a great job," manager Ned Yost said, per MLB.com. "That's a scary lineup over there. They've got a lot of power. They can hit. Duff did a great job of getting us through six with one-run ball. Kept us in the ball game. He pitched real effectively in, even though he hit three hitters. ... Just did a good job of keeping them off balance with breaking ball and changeup."

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Royals SP Danny Duffy blows early lead in no-decision

    Royals starter Danny Duffy received a quick three-spot Sunday and gave it away. Then he gave away any chance he had of pushing his record above .500 by getting knocked out by the White Sox in the fourth. Duffy couldn't stand prosperity. He allowed three runs on four hits in 3 1/3 innings with one walk and two strikeouts. His demise was rapid after retiring the first six batters he faced. A walk, hit-by-pitch and run-scoring singles by Gordon Beckham and Alexei Ramirez turned his lead into a tie. He was removed from the game after giving up successive singles in the fourth. Ned Yost stated his belief that the heat got to Duffy on Sunday. He told 610 Sports Radio that Duffy is a "heavy sweater." The poor performance was his second in the last three outings, which followed four straight strong ones. His ERA on the year has risen to 4.19.

  • by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer

    Royals pitcher Danny Duffy earns fifth win of the year

    Royals pitcher Danny Duffy allowed one run on five hits in seven innings of work in Kansas City's 5-1 win over the Tigers on Tuesday. Duffy wasn't overpowering with his stuff, allowing four walks and striking out just two, but did enough to keep Detroit off the scoreboard to earn the victory. Duffy lone earned run came off a Victor Martinez single to left field, scoring Ian Kinsler, in the sixth. Duffy, now 5-5, moved his ERA to 4.04 in 89 innings of work this season. He will look to keep things rolling Friday against the Angels.